Helpful Advice

Internship Timeliness Tips

While each field and even each organization has their own deadlines, the following tips will help you get started:  

  • Plan for your internship at least a whole semester ahead of time. Internship planning is similar to planning a study-abroad program and generally requires a full semester dedicated to this process.
  • Make sure your resume is up-to-date.  Opportunities will often present themselves without any warning. Employers don't always take into consideration semesters. Instead, they focus on their hiring needs.
  • Make sure any required paperwork for registering is done before the end of the add/drop period. Otherwise, you will get hit with late fees or, worse, not be allowed to register for the internship.
  • Review the deadlines for academic requirements, turning in of timesheets and evaluation forms. Be sure to share this information with your supervisor and give them plenty of advance notice.
  • Continue networking before, during, and after your internship. It is important to maintain relationships with previous employers while also planning for your next position. Learn more about how to network.


These links offer helpful tips when searching and applying for an internship.